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Auditions: March 12 + 13 | 6:30pm
Show dates: May 4-20, 2018
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A comedy by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. When two frustrated London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for a holiday away from their bleak marriages, they recruit two very different English women to share the cost and the experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four bloom again. “A comical, restorative journey of discovery…from darkness to light, from inhibition to unrestrained joy. Beautiful and theatrically rewarding.” – Daily Variety
Casting 3 men and 5 women
Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.
All characters require a British accent, except for Costanza, who speaks in Italian. Ages of all characters other than Mrs. Graves (60 plus) & Costanza (No specific age) are in the 25-45 range, they need only be consistent with each other.
Lotty Wilton, a Hampstead housewife: Lotty is a dutiful wife, who has been feeling unsatisfied for a long time and dreams of a vacation in Italy to restore herself. She is quirky, loving, soulful & open (in heart & mind).
Mellersh Wilton, Lotty’s husband, a solicitor: Mellersh is a self-involved, mostly unimaginative stolid man. He is old-fashioned and strong-willed. He is used to running his household with no complaints. He is cautious, conservative, & socially adept.
Rose Arnott, a Hampstead housewife: Rose has locked her feelings up and she survives her loss by being religious and responsible. She is estranged emotionally from everyone, and especially her husband. She is lovely, but doesn’t know it. She is conservative and cool, with previously-untapped wells of emotion.
Frederick Arnott, Rose’s husband, a writer: Frederick has gained some notoriety for his lurid histories of infamous figures, using a nom de plume. He is artistic and yearns for a more open and understanding relationship with his wife. Until then, he’s satisfied with party-hopping and hobnobbing with the rich.
Lady Caroline Bramble, a socialite: Caroline is lost, unhappy, and bored with the wild social scene in London. She’s a beautiful woman who is tired of getting by on her looks alone and is seeking a life that matters. She is pretty good with Italian.
Mrs. Graves, a London matron: Mrs. Graves has been living alone, with her “ghosts” for a long time. She has expectations on how things are to be, and they give her comfort. She is strict, disciplined & very old-fashioned. She is not unkind, just afraid of moving outside her comfort zone. She is good with “classical Italian”.
Antony Wilding, an artist: Anthony is the owner of San Salvatore, the castle that the women rent. He is very attracted to Rose, and is not very subtle about it, although he remains polite. He is warm & open, but still a little sad. He is very good with Italian (since he’s lived in Italy off-and-on his whole life).
Costanza, an Italian housekeeper: Costanza is boisterous, honest, opinionated, open-hearted & patient (at least relative to the British). She speaks almost completely in Italian.
Auditions: April 16 + 17 | 6:30pm
Show dates: July 20-August 5, 2018
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A musical with a hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks: A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in this laugh-out-loud spectacle. The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender”! A truly “boffo” hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards, The Producers sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor.
Casting 5 men and 1 woman. Ensemble of 8 men and 8 women.
Auditioners, you should prepare a 32 bar musical theater piece that shows your range. Bring your own sheet music an accompanist will be provided.
Max Bialystock: described as selfish and greedy – a man who is only interested in making money. Though this is later proven untrue, Max’s fiery and sarcastic nature can be very intimidating. He is willing to do anything to make money (including “shtupping every little old lady in New York”) and is often angry, short-tempered and unwilling to cooperate nicely. Plays nice when he needs to. Comedy a must; tenor. F#4-A2
Leo Bloom: a mousey, nervous and fearful accountant, prone to panic attacks and who keeps a security blanket to calm himself. Nevertheless it is Leo who has the idea of how to make money from a failed play. Great physical comedy a must; tenor. F4-A2
Ulla: Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Yonsen Tallen-Hallen Svaden, a stereotypical Swedish woman: tall and beautiful. Great singer (belt) and dancer. Comedic with timing and delivery. G5-A3
Franz Leibkind: a former Nazi who has penned an admiring musical tribute to Adolf Hitler, titled Springtime for Hitler. He is a slightly off kilter and can go from happy to angry rather quickly. Comedy skills needed, baritone. G4-F2
Roger de Bris: a gay theatre director, described by Max Bialystock as the worst director to have ever lived. He lives with his equally flamboyant partner Carmen Ghia and his production crew in a house described as an Upper East Side town house in New York. Man in a dress. Comedy skills needed; baritone. G4-G#2
Carmen Ghia: Roger De Bris “common-law assistant”. They are both gay and they love to flounce around their Upper East Side town house. Hugely comedic; tenor. A4-C3
A large active ensemble : Accountants; Bavarian Peasants; Convicts; First Nighters; Little Old Ladies; Storm Troopers; Chorus Girls; Girl Prisoners; Usherettes
Featured roles: Hold-Me Touch-Me, Lick Me-Bite-Me, Kiss-me Feel-Me